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Vitaly Petrov believes he has done enough to justify a Caterham race seat for the 2013 Formula 1 season. The Russian, who picked up a maiden podium finish with Renault last year, joined Heikki Kovalainen at the start of the current campaign.
After Renault – now known as Lotus – left the Vyborg man on the sidelines, his F1 career was under threat. Thanks to the strong efforts of manager Oksana Kossatchenko, a deal was sealed with Caterham Team Principal Tony Fernandes.
"Of course you always want to achieve something more. For instance, in the first half of the season I would have been ahead of my team-mate more in qualifying – then I would be totally satisfied," Petrov tells the Russian media.
“The situation looks good, I'm satisfied with 70 or 80% of my work. I’m showing good speed in races and haven’t made many mistakes, so I think I’ve become a better driver despite the fact I had to move teams.”
Some question marks remain over the 27-year-old for next year, although the Russian is generally expected to stay put, be it alongside Kovalainen or not.
“I would be worried if we were talking about leaving Caterham, or being kicked out,” he begins to sum up. "But because I’ve had good results and am working well inside this team, I see no reason for that to happen.”
Petrov is spending the break in and around his hometown, close to the Finnish border.
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